Review: Kamikaze – Eminem

Released: August 31, 2018

Label: Aftermath / Interscope / Shady

Rating: Dinner’s Ready – This Project Is Hot & Ready for Consumption.

You’re Probably Not Going To Read This but who cares, Eminem just surprised us with an album today.

Kamikaze’ was released today unexpectedly and it has the internet abuzz. The 13-track album features Lucas JoynerRoyce da 5’9 and Jessie Reyez and is executive produced by none other than Slim Shady.

Now, a lot of Hip Hop fans remember the last Eminem album, ‘Revival‘ and so does Slim. He referred to the album many times throughout the 13 tracks that are on ‘Kamikaze‘. Many people feel it was one of Eminem’s weakest albums, others feel his content wasn’t made for the landscape which is Hip Hop in 2018.

So, what does Eminem do, he gave us a more dumbed down version of himself and it’s probably one of the best things to drop this year. Editor’s Note: Sorry, Travis Scott but this may have taken your Grammy. 

Em wasted no time letting the masses know he has ‘read their tweets’ and reviews on the opening track ‘The Ringer‘. He states almost immediately how he knows it makes no sense for him to air his detractors out with lines like:

you mention me, millions of views, attention in news / I mention you, lose-lose for me, win-win for you – The Ringer, Kamikaze (2018)

But did it stop Shady from airing out his grievances? NOPE. Over the course of the album, Em named dropped many rappers (using this term loosely) like Machine Gun Kelly, Lil Zan, Lil Pump and Joe Budden, among others.

On the track ‘Not Alikewhich features a sample of Drake and Blocboy JB’s hit ‘Look Alive’, Eminem cleverly uses the Migos flow from ‘Bad & Boujee‘ on the hook. Royce and Em body the verses and Shady even spits lines like this to shoot at MGK:

if you wanna come at me with a sub, Machine Gun / and I’m talking to you, but you already know who the fuck you are, Kelly / I don’t use sublims and sure as fuck don’t sneak diss – Not Alike, Kamikaze (2018)

There wasn’t many features on this album but Slim brought along Lucas Joyner on ‘Lucky You‘ and he surely didn’t disappoint either. Kind of had me sitting like ‘who bodied who?’ and I wasn’t alone with this sentiment:

So much going on and we haven’t even got to the title track ‘Kamikaze‘ where Em even went at the top artist in the game currently, Drake. He spit:

put me on a track, I go cray on it like a color book / you got some views, but you’re still below me / mines are higher, so when you compare our views, you get overlooked / and I don’t say the hook, unless I wrote the hook – Kamikaze, Kamikaze (2018)

Those ghostwriting rumors gonna be the death of Aubrey, I swear. But on the track ‘Fall‘, Shady aired out everyone else that he may have mentioned or forgot. And what Eminem album would be without social controversy? As Slim was shooting at Tyler, the Creator he used lines that he consciously edited it out but of course it didn’t go by the wayside.

I understand, but I’m more with this guy below:

Overall tho, ‘Kamikaze’ was an album that we wanted as Hip Hop fans, and amid the controversy that it will create, we expected nothing less from an album that was executive produced by none other than Slim Shady. It’s a refreshing album and puts a lot of rappers on guard and I enjoyed it a lot but You’re Probably Not Going To Read This so create your own opinion but enjoy the music.

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